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Hi I want to re-introduce myself to this forum.
Short backstory.

I was diagnosed Diabetes last year. Found this forum early on and followed it for a good 6 months. Results were great. Lost 35 lbs and BS morning avg 110+. But due to many reasons fell out of it.

I put some of the reason in a post (I'm Back) on the Introducing yourself forum.

Another big problem is my wife and I eat out every night. Bad habit I know but my wife doesn't cook I just fell into this. Well, the major problem with this is trying to be even remotely consistent with the LCHF diet. I was pretty good initially because my wife's schedule had many nights where she worked nights. On those nights I would eat what I had prepared which was fairly inline with the proper diet. Nights we went out I would pick the items that best fit. Well, she changed to a graveyard shift where she works Sunday thru Wednesday then is free for the rest of the week. So nights she works we been going early for Happy hour, benefits are she gets to nap before going in and it's cost effective. Well the problem is it's difficult going out and being good when there's things on the menu that I want. Slowly but surely I would eat a little more of the carbs till I was just plain bad. Even started drinking my Coke again. Well my wife now understands that if I'm going to be successful with this I can't be eating out every night. Her saying "Just eat the things that I should" just is plain [email protected]#$%. You can't expect me to go to a restaurant and pick the one item that taste like crap when every order that goes by is the food that looks good.

So long winded story brings me to what my wife and I decided to do. We've ordered meals from a food delivery service called Blue Apron. It's not exactly LCHF but I figure that I can supplement some of the ingredients to suit me. Another slight complication is my wife agrees on the LC aspect of the diet she's not on track with the HF part. She's a clinical pharmacist and still is caught up with mainstream medicine.

My question to this forum is "Has anyone used a food delivery service?" "If so which one?" "Are any closer to LCHF?"
 

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Hi Alan and welcome back!

I retired three years ago when the Swedish company I worked for shutdown all US operations. The cost to do business in the USA forced them to do manufacturing elsewhere.

This was a sudden unexpected retirement. I was close enough to 65 that we just decided to do it. I started on LCHF in 2015. And have had excellent results. My wife is a great cook and has actually went on the LCHF eating model with me, although she cheats some which is ok. We do eat out a lot more than we used to, and I find that I can go full LCHF in any restaurant we eat at including fast food restaurants. I would suggest your issue on eating out are simply and case of willpower. I keep my focus by thinking about all the possible complications we can have going forward if we do not control our BS. Loss of limbs, eyesight, heart, liver, kidney disease....to name a few! Keeps me motivated.

But your question on food delivery, we used Swann for a few months but they only had one meal that was really LCHF. We used to keep a few of those in the freezer for nights were we just did not want to go out or eat a lot. But in time we got tired of it....so no more!

We do have a number of quickie meals that we eat on those nights now. And even I can cook and clean up on these.....e.g. scrambled eggs and bacon. Steak (or any meat or fish) and Green Vegetables (Frozen or Canned) or Cauliflower. I figured it out once, you can prepare one of these quick meals in 10-15 minutes if you go slow.....and clean up in 10-15 minutes.....Not a big deal!

Sorry not much help, but I wanted to mention Swann Foods....
 

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Does the food delivery service have any options? Maybe you can talk with the owner and explain what foods you are looking for.

I live near a small town that had a homestyle eating place. She would cook meals daily with some variation of entrees and sides. Maybe you could find something like that or just see if you could pay someone to prepare several meals a week for you that you could freeze or refrigerate then heat up when ready to eat.
 

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I'm in Chicago and have a few paleo delivery services available that are very low-carb friendly. Since you are in California, I wouldn't be surprised if some searches for paleo food delivery, or even a paleo personal chef, wouldn't turn something up!
 

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Good suggestion. There's a service called Sunbasket that has Paleo choices. They look pretty good.

I'm somewhat familiar with Paleo but I know there are some differences. Anything I should be concerned with?
 

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I did a search on "LCHF meal delivery service" and came up with several places.

The problem with Paleo is that they use some high-carb ingredients such as honey and agave syrup. They don't use grains, though. You'd have to pay attention to the ingredients.
 

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Paleo is an imprecise term that for the most part only guarantees that it's gluten-free. The macronutrient ratios isn't part of the diet, some people do low-carb with it while others do higher carb. But I've found that meat + veggies is usually easy to find with "paleo" meal services.

I am not recommending the paleo diet, or reading paleo blogs though. Just using it as a way to find workable meal services. :D
 

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Got my first delivery from Home Chef. I ordered the Low carb selection. Looks good! I'll update everyone when I cook and eat them.

I just have to figure out how to increase the fat content. I hope it works out. I figure I'll cook my portion in coconut oil and lots of butter and my wife's portion just the recipe recommends.
 

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I hope this service works for you.

When I fix for a meal that my husband and I are eating together, I'll drain and reserve any fat from the preparation. Serve the less fatty meat and no-fat-added veggies at the table, but then pour the saved fat all over my meal on the plate. If there's no reserved fat, then olive oil or butter would be good.
 

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Meal 1
Salmon Crusted with "Everything Bagel" Seasoning and Arugula salad

Cook time 30 minutes

All ingredients provided with the exception of Extra virgin oil was provided. All the vegetables was washed and exceptional condition. All proportioned made it extremely easy to prepare.
The salmon were two trimmed and skinned pieces individually bagged. I cut open the bags and put it up to my nose to see if they had the hint of fishiness.

Bottom line. Easy to follow the recipe and prepare because everything is there.
Quick to cook

Taste result. The meal was excellent. The fish was moist and flaky and most important not fishy (my wife cannot eat fish if it's even remotely fishy). The arugula salad with homemade dressing was excellent.

My rating: meal is definitely 8 out 10
(It would probably be a 10 but I'm comparing it to other salmon meals that had things that I can no longer eat)

The only problem is fat. I coated my salmon with coconut oil and added extra virgin oil to my salad.
 

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What I like to do for fish is make a yummy (fatty) sauce. Or buy a tasty tartar sauce from the store. My favorite easy recipe is to take a 2 tablespoons of mayo, and then add a splash of pickle juice, and some dried dill, then mix it up.
 

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I was talking to my daughter who is a junior at NYU about this food service. It brought up something I failed to mention in my latest post. The meal portion could be considered to be small side. It's fine for my wife and I since we don't eat that much. My meal portions have been reduced quite a bit over the last few years. The reason why this came up was my daughter was asking if I thought she would like the service. I then realized that she would not think the portions were big enough.
 

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Meal 2
Sicilian Herbed Chicken

This 2nd meal was delayed in preparing because we went out Friday for my birthday and my wife worked Saturday.

There could be a concern on whether the chicken kept but the thick plastic sealed bags did their job and they were fine.

Everything was provided even 3 cubes of butter. The thing that makes this so easy is everything is already proportioned so preparation is a breeze.

Final meal Pan seared chicken breasts seasoned with balsamic sauce. Green beans with fresh garlic and tomato halves with melted mozzarella, butter and parsley.

Excellent 8 out 10
Again, my rating is based on restaurant dishes I've had in the past. Next rating will be judged as a homecooked meal

I'm thrilled that this service is proving out to be so great! The main thing that excites me is the belief that I now have a long term way to stay on my diet. There was someone who was stating that he had no trouble eating out. The idea of the consequences plus a little will power was enough for him to stay true. I have to admit I don't have the same control. Yes, the reality should slap me in the face and keep me in line but I find it extremely difficult to go to a restaurant and see all the delicious entrees and pick the one or two that fit the diet. Then when the meal comes the parts of the meal that I should refrain from eating or eat just a small portion. I know it shouldn't be on my plate to begin with but typically it's the thing that makes the meal to begin with. By doing this Home Chef thing 3 to 4 times a week I can see myself having better control going out and maybe treating myself once in a while with some liberties.
 

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Man, now food delivery service is at the best level. Covid has changed many things, including customer service. Thank God that my wife is cooking deliciously, and she is willing to do this without me begging her. We used to spoil ourselves by eating delivered food, but it's not worth doing that often. Diet-to-go was a delivery service that we used quite often. Now, it's not the case because I don't trust any food industry anymore. You may read some article regarding food service [spam link redacted]
I assure you, you are going to stop doing it anymore.
 

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First of all, I just wanna congratulate you on managing to lose 35 pounds. Man, that's a lot! I look up to you. I've been trying to lose 5 pounds for a month and so far, I've seen no results. Do you happen to have any tips? Or perhaps a special diet that you created by yourself? I sincerely would. love to know! [spam link deleted]
 

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Hi reesekPal, welcome to the forum. We haven't seen the OP back on the forum since November 2016, so you may not get a response from them (hope so though).

I lost around 45 lbs, with just a different diet. I was already physically active and that didn't change, but what I ate did. I started eating a Keto diet. I had already lowered calories and reduced carbs but nothing was happening weight wise. When I got serious about Keto and started adding fats, that is when losing weight started happening for me.

How about hopping over to our New Member Introductions and tell us a little more about yourself. Knowing more about you will help myself and other members better respond to any questions you may have.
 
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